Monday, March 7, 2011

Fabulous Wallpapered Cabinet

 My French Provincial China Cabinet got a new look.
I papered the interior with a french classical motif wallpaper.
that I purchased on Ebay at D.Marie Interiors after much drooling.
 I did the entire interior from the ceiling to the bottom shelf
 and all the supporting brackets as well.
It was much like doing a giant decoupage project.
The original color of the entire cabinet was this mustardy yellow color.
 I had painted the outside of the cabinet pale blue,
 but never bothered doing the interior. 
History note: a billion years ago I had purchased this cabinet 
 to hold all my sweaters and jeans when I lived in a small duplex.
I tacked it up with painter tape to see how I was going
 to position the repeat of the pattern~yes, looking good!!
and then it was off to the races. 
Note that the door frames are yellow and will need to be painted.
 I finished the papering that evening and the next day I
 would paint the interior door frames to match the outside.
 For now I was basking in the glow of this gorgeous wallpaper.
 Leaning against the wall is the glass insert and the wire mesh screen. 
After painting the interior frames blue, I decided to eliminate the screening.
 The screen made it harder to see inside the cabinet.
This old picture with the yellow interior shows how grey
 the screen makes the cabinet and how the interior becomes shaded.
I painted the frame with BM white dove, 
then did a second coat with BM heaven on earth, a powder blue. 
I added a small amount of water to my brush so it
would be somewhat transparent, not a thick coat of opaque paint.
Then I tested out a few pieces of china...yummy!
This wallpaper is a matte finish, which I was happy about. 
When you order anything online it is hard to tell 
what it is exactly that you are buying. 
This couldn't have been more perfect,
 in color and finish, so I lucked out!
 Look how these patterns mix together~just like I had hoped.
 I papered the bottom shelf and painted the magnetic door catches. 
Wallpapering a cabinet interior is like making a puzzle. 
I never used a razor blade like I would when I paper a room. 
 Instead I cut each piece of wallpaper with scissors,
 activated the paste and then fit them into place.
I remembered Miss Mustard Seed saying that at some point in all of her 
projects, it looks scary or bad, before it all comes together.
I was glad I remembered her saying that as I was papering the support shelves.
The old pink wine glasses pick up the pinks in the wallpaper~luscious.
The cabinet is loaded with all of my things and the plates are all stacked in piles.
I chose not to lean plates against the back so I could better see the wallpaper pattern.
The scrolled frenchy door handles look great with this pattern.
This fabulous french china cabinet got a face lift!


Never Enough Thyme Creations said...

Great job!! I would drool over the paper too! Gorgeous!

Pamela said...

How gorgeous is that!!!

Red Door Home said...

It looks wonderful. I have a cabinet in my dining room that I have been playing around with trying to do the same thing. I might just have to move a little faster on this project as you have inspired me to get this done!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Amy, It's PERFECT! Soooo pretty.

Cindy said...

Such a pretty wall paper. It looks wonderul in your cabinet with your dishes. Great idea and beautiful outcome!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Ooh-la-la is right! It's the wow factor. Beautiful!

BonjourRomance said...

It looks stunning, what a pretty pattern. Enjoy!

Red Gate Farm said...

What a great way to maximize the storage but still have something pretty to look at! I've been thinking about doing this on the back of a bookcase... now I think I need to start searching for just the right wallpaper!


Sonia said...

Gorgeous!! Love the elegant and a beautiful backdrop to your pretty collection!

Crystal said...

Perfect choice of paper!!! It's beautiful and the cabinet looks amazing!!!!

driftwoodesign said...

Great choise Amy, it's **PERFECT**. Now you have to keep the doors open all the time.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

driftwoodesign said...

OH just showed George, he said "it looks beautiful" with one of those chin on the floor tones.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This turned out beautifully! That paper is gorgeous! You are so good about ordering from E-bay and online sources. I haven't become so adept yet! Years ago I put some wall paper in my secretary that sits in my living room. You're making me want redo it!

Pamela said...

Amy it is simply stunning!
You did a fantastic job!!
I love the paper so gorgeous!!!!!!!

My photos on my blog roll are finally back working this morning!!

Pamela xo

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Fabulous is right! I think that is the prettiest paper I've ever seen!

Sherri Cassara said...

This is my favorite project I have seen you do ... it is absolutely beautiful!!! You must be smiling from ear to ear when you walk by that room! In fact, I can picture you sitting at the table this morning having a cup of tea and just staring at how beautiful it turned out. ;) Great job!

Tracy F. said...

Looks wonderful! I love the cabinet and the wallpaper!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Amy!!! Oh, I just love it! I am going to have to wallpaper a couple of my armoires- this is just gorgeous! :)

Shelia said...

Hi Amy! Oh, you've outdone yourself as this is the most gorgeous job ever! I love it and the wallpaper you used is so pretty! I love it! Man, you're good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It looks beautiful! Stunning!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

That is beyond gorgeous wallpaper. It looks so pretty with your china. Looks so pretty with the cabinet. Very nice.

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the wallpaper!

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

GORGEOUS! What beautiful paper and what a great job you did installing it. Good choice removing the wire mesh as it is a lot easier to see the interior of the cabinet. I am in awe! :)

Cindy said...

OMG, It looks Beautiful!!! You must be in love with the result. What delightful wallpaper!


romanticdomestic said...

I'm drooling over that beautiful paper too! Gorgeous!


LilyOake said...

I LOVE it, of course I do! I did the interior of my hutch with the left over blue and white wallpaper from my bedroom last Christmas and it literally changed the whole look (my hutch is not done yet though!)
I LOVE the choice of paper too - the Neoclassial pattern, the subtle colors - just yummy!
Will you add some gold leaf (it's gorgeous as-is, by the way and I LOVE seeing your china too!)

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Amy, well it looks just gorgeous. I love the paper you used inside.. it truly is beautiful! The whole cabinet is beautiful as I love the colour blue you used to paint it. I have an armoire that I am hoping to do one day so I may have to 'borrow' your idea..! take care, Maryann

Kathy said...

OOh la la is definitely right! Love this look - It enhances your china pieces!

Haverford House said...

Oh wow, it looks fantastic! I love the wallpaper you used, what a great idea to wallpaper the inside of a cabinet! ~Marcy

Linda said...

It is fantastic.....the most unique wallpaper I have ever seen. It looks beautiful. I know you put in alot of work so kudos to you.

Kim Elkins said...

I'm going to just have to steal the design out of your new wallpaper to paint on my daughter's dresser. Beautiful.

freckled laundry said...

What a difference, Amy. It's beautiful!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Wow, gorgeous! Your makeover is so light and feminine. I'm sure you'll LOVE this piece for many years.

Allison said...

Ooh-la-la is right! That paper is beautiful. It almost looks hand painted. Just stunning!

Susan said...

Oh, swoon indeed! It looks absolutely gorgeous, Amy! Definitely worth your meticulous efforts, and glad to hear you got past the 'scary' project point. :)
- susan

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

Looks so pretty! You did a fantastic job!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your cabinet turned out wonderful, Amy! It looks beautiful with all of your china displayed in it!
Have a great week! :)
~ Jo

sissie said...

Hi Amy,
Ooh la la indeed!!!!! I love the paper and you did such a wonderful job. I think that repainting and wallpaper the interior made it perfect. I absolutely love it.


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...
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Miss Mustard Seed said...

Oh my. What a challenge. It looks great!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Amy, I adore this paper! It reminds me so much for the Thibaut wallpapers I'm always drooling over at their website. You did a fabulous job. Wow, what a beautiful change from how it was before!

Ana Maria said...

Beautiful! So delicate...adorable colours.
Great work!
I love your blog.
From Portugal (Europe)- Have a nice day!
Best regards,
Ana Maria

Cozy Home Scenes said...

What pretty wallpaper! I like you you lined the entire inside instead of just the back. The cabinet makeover made such a big difference. Looks great!

Martina said...

Beautiful Job!! I love it, you gave me an idea for one of my cabinets. Martina

3generations said...

You were featured on Tablescape Times Three this week! We'd love for you to drop by and grab our button! :)

Linda Q said...

That turned out soooo gorgeous! I can see why you drooled over the wallpaper. I have wallpapered alot and that is not easy to do inside a cabinet and have it look so nice.

stefanie said...

oh, its just gorgeous!!!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

What an amazing transformation! It really comes to life. I LOVE wallpaper and love what you did with this gorgeous cabinet!

Erin said...

This looks great - the wallpaper is beautiful! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

CIELO said...

Ahhhh, that looks so so very lovely! Love the colors, the design the paint--all in all dreamy! I wish you'd give us instructions on how to wallpaper... yeah, I've never done that and there is this plain wall in one of our guess bedrooms screaming for some wallpapering.. ;) I found a pretty roll on a thrift store, but don't even know if it's going to work, as it is so old... ;) Love your cottage too! Everything is so pretty and feminine.... just love your style!


Jacqueline said...

Its beautiful and love the chandelier!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Love love love love love love love.... did I mention love?

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my goodness I love this!! That wallpaper is gorgeous!!! Your dishes are just perfect with it too!! I am going to have to hunt me down some old wallpaper!!! I have 2 other china cabinets I need to do something with!

bee blessed

Mary said...

I love your project and I've featured it on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Thank you for sharing it! Mary :O)

Lee said...

Gorgeous I absolutely love it and the paper.

Nicole said...

Oh, that is so pretty! And so simple too!

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